The #63 Ferrari 458 Italia led 107 laps in the GT class and finished 4th, The #64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrrari finished 24th in class.
Daytona Beach, Florida – The one year old Scuderia Corsa racing team came to Daytona to prove that two Ferrari 458 Italia could challenge the decades long Daytona supremacy of the legendary 911 Porsches. And for much of the grueling 24 hour race, it seemed the #63 Ferrari was the car to beat. Having led the GT class for over 107 laps and staying in the top 8 for the entire 24 hours while finishing fourth was a significant achievement for this young team. As team principal Giacomo Mattioli said, “we were competitive throughout the afternoon and night. We had our issues but the Gods of racing must like us. We finished the race and not only that, one position better than our first effort last year. I’m very proud of our team. Just finishing the Rolex 24 At Daytona is an accomplishment.”
Also watching closely was Ferrari North America president, Marco Mattiacci who watched most of the 24 hour race from the pits. He said simply of Scuderia Corsa and the race he had just observed, “great team, great people, great experience.”
Staying competitive throughout the race was due in part to the reliability of the 458 Italia but also the drivers who kept the car on the track and out of trouble. Driver Marco Frezza noted “the mechanics did a great job. Working very long hours. All the stops and driver changes are hard on them. This course is fast and very different to the European tracks we are used to.” Fellow driver Alessandro Pier Guidi added, “it was like a 24 hour sprint. You need luck to win here.”